Hartford, Conn., Feb. 12, 2009 -- The Trinity College men's squash team will close the 2008-09 regular season on the road against the No. 2-ranked Princeton University Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. Trinity is 15-0 this season and ranked No. 1 in the College Squash Association (CSA) National Poll, while Princeton is 11-0 after a 9-0 win against Harvard Sunday to win its fourth consecutive Ivy League title. This week's CSA Men's National Top Ten: 1. Trinity (Conn.), 2. Princeton, 3. Yale, 4. Cornell, 5. Harvard, 6. Rochester, 7. Pennsylvania, 8. Dartmouth, 9. Western Ontario, 10. Williams. The match will be streamed live at http://www.goprincetontigers.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=10600.
The 10-time defending CSA National Champion Bantams, which have won 198 consecutive matches after sweeping Hobart and Cornell, both by 9-0 scores, on the road on Sunday, are coached by Paul Assaiante (15th season, 256-10). The Bantam winning streak is the longest current run in any intercollegiate varsity sport. Last winter, Trinity blanked Princeton at home, 9-0, during the regular season and defeated the Tigers, 8-1, in the CSA National Championship Finals at Harvard. Princeton handed Trinity its last regular season loss in 1998 by a score of 5-4 in New Jersey, while Trinity has downed Princeton in the last three CSA National Championship Finals.
Trinity has a combined individual match record of 132-3 in its 15 wins this year. Senior captain Manek Mathur (Mumbai, India) and sophomore Parth Sharma (Mumbai, India) lead Trinity with 11-0 records individually, while senior captain Rushabh Vora (Mumbai, India) and sophomore Chris Binnie (Kingston, Jamaica) are both 10-0, and sophomore Andres Vargas (Bogota, Colombia) is 9-0. The Trinity men's roster includes five top-ten ranked individuals in the nation. Junior Baset Chaudhry (Lahore, Pakistan), the two-time, defending CSA National Singles Champion, is ranked as the top collegiate squash player in the country, followed by senior captain Gustav Detter (Malmoe, Sweden) at the No. 2 spot. Sharma at No. 8, Vargas at No. 9 and Mathur at No. 10 are the also among the nation's elite individuals.
Princeton, coached by Bob Callahan (27th Season), has won its 11 matches by a combined score of 97-2 this season and defeated all but one of its opponents, 9-0. The Tigers have the No. 3-ranked individual in the nation, senior Mauricio Sanchez (Mexico City, Mexico), as well as No. 5-ranked senior Kimlee Wong (Kuching. Malaysia), and No. 7-ranked sophomore David Letoruneau (Calgary, Alberta).